A Sound Solution

The owners of Neapoli Café in Melbourne wanted to create a venue that was different. They wanted their restaurant to be known for its comfort and appeal, where patrons could enjoy excellent food, fine wine and good conversation.

The construction materials were predominantly glass and concrete; materials that cause sound to bounce around and make a space 'noisy'. This venue was a typical example of where sound absorption needed to be introduced, whilst keeping the raw rustic look that the owners wanted.

Reapor Sound Absorber is specifically designed to absorb noise energy and reduce reverberation. It is made primarily from recycled glass, is non-combustible and does not break down over time. The panels are easily fitted and can be cut and shaped with standard woodworking tools. The Reapor panels were installed as a ceiling liner and along one side wall. They maintained the industrial look the owners wanted, but can be finished in a number of ways.

After installing as little as 70m2 of panels, the Reverberation Time averaged at a very comfortable 0.43 seconds; a dramatic improvement, which meant that patrons no longer need to raise their voices.